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The 2013 Indie Awards Shortlist Announced

The Shortlist for the 2013 Australian Independent Bookseller Awards (The Indie Awards) has been announced. The Indie Awards are voted on by the independent booksellers of Australia and have a proud tradition of picking the best of the best of Australian writing.

The shortlist is:

Fiction

Nine Days by Toni Jordan (Text)
Lost Voices by Christopher Koch (HarperCollins)
Questions of Travel by Michel…

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2013 Music Preview

by Dave Clarke

Our head music buyer Dave Clarke previews the year ahead for music

January is always an exciting time as we look forward to what albums may come in the year ahead. 2012 was a big one for us, with new albums from many of our favourite artists including Leonard Cohen, Paul Kelly, Archie Roach, Bob Dylan, Sarah Blasko, Ry Cooder and many more. Well, the early signs are that 2013 is also looking l…

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Storytime returns to Carlton in February

by Emily Gale

Storytime at our Carlton and St Kilda stores are a popular tradition. But changes are afoot for storytime at Carlton. Or should that be a-paw…?

At the Carlton store we’ve been resting our read-aloud voices over the holidays, but starting on Monday 4th February at 11am we’d love to invite you back for more stories, songs and rhymes with our latest recruit to the children’s department, Andy.

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Classical Music Anniversaries 2013

by Kate Rockstrom

For the past couple of years I’ve looked forward to the new year and anniversaries of famous classical composers. This year is no different. I look forward to seeing box sets and celebrations of each of their music.

Looking back 450 years we have the celebration of the birth of English bard, John Dowland. Particularly known for his works for lute and voice, there are so many recordings already a…

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Round-up of January Kids and YA Books

by Emily Gale

The diverse set of books in this month’s round-up have unbreakable bonds in common, between likely and sometimes unusual pairs.

The Saurus Street series by Nick Falk enters the scene with two books. In the first, Tyrannosaurus in the Veggie Patch, a young boy is alarmed to find a T-Rex on the premises, wreaking havoc, and goes to amusing lengths with his inventive best friend to return the…

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Most Anticipated Books of 2013

by Martin Shaw

Our head books buyer Martin Shaw previews the best of the rest of the year

Well a prognosis at this early time of year is perhaps a little daring of me, but in terms of books, I’d say 2013 seems to be shaping up rather promisingly indeed.

There’s even a strong candidate already for title of the year: Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls (May), which is David Sedaris’s latest essay collection. It…

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The Story of My Book: Yellow Dress Day

by Sophie Norsa

Last year, Sophie Norsa illustrated a picture book before she’d even finished Year 12. Here she tells us about the experience.

When I was first asked to illustrate Yellow Dress Day by Michelle Worthington, I couldn’t believe my luck. At age seventeen, this was my first step into the world of publishing, and I have to admit that at times I was just playing it by ear and taking each step as…

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Ask a Bookseller: What books can I read to my reluctant swimmer?

by Emily Gale

With summer in full swing, the Children’s Buyer at our Carlton store recommends books that deal with swimming fears and water safety.

‘I need some extra resources for my reluctant swimmer. Are there any good picture books that deal with this topic?’

My son was well-known for his terrified yelling at our local pool until very recently, so I sympathise. It can be tricky to get the right ba…

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Summer Reading

by Bronte Coates

Over Christmas we’ve all been indulging in some holiday reading – old favourites, books we’ve been meaning to read for years, and ones we probably wouldn’t read on a tram.

Here, Bronte Coates shares her holiday reading list.

Early in the holiday season, I picked up a copy of Courtney Summers' This Is Not A Test on Nina’s recommendation and – wow. Very scary and very believable; this book rein…

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The School Of Life Comes To Melbourne

by Sara Tiefenbrun

Nothing is more powerful than an idea whose time has come.

Those are the words of Victor Hugo and they’ve been uttered to me several times recently. The School of Life is an idea whose time has come.

The story of The School of Life in Australia began in 2010 when a writer from Dumbo Feather magazine interviewed the organisation’s founder, writer Alain de Botton. And they just clicked. Tha…

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